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  • 03 March, 2023

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Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) 2023

Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) 2023

190 nations, including India, took part in GBBC 2023 during February 17–20.

More on the news:

  • It is an annual event that unites bird watchers, students, and nature lovers together to count the birds they spot nearby their homes, places of employment, or educational institutions.

Key Findings:

  • During the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) 2023, West Bengal recorded the most species (489), followed by Uttarakhand (426), Arunachal Pradesh (407), Assam (397) and Karnataka (371). With 349 and 325 species, Tamil Nadu and Kerala took the eighth and ninth places, respectively.
  • Kerala had the most bird checklists, according to the Bird Count India (BCI). Second and third place went to Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.
  • BCI is an unofficial alliance of organisations and entities that collaborates to advance our collective understanding of bird populations and dispersion.
  • GBBC 2023, an annual event that gathers bird enthusiasts, students, and wildlife enthusiasts together for counting birds they see around the areas they live, work, or study, included India among the 190 nations that took part.
  • India's birds are thriving in a variety of environments, including urban and rural areas. India uploaded the second-highest number of checklists after the United States of America and the third-highest number of species of any country thanks to a notable rise in involvement across the whole nation.

About The GBBC:

  • The GBBC was the first online citizen-science initiative (also known as community science) to gather data on wild birds and to show results in almost real time.
  • It was established in 1998 by the Cornell Institute of Ornithology and National Audubon Society. The GBBC is organised in India by Bird Count India.
  • After inputting data into eBird, the largest biodiversity-related citizen research (community science) initiative in the world, in 2013, it became a global effort.

Asia Bird Count:

  • The goal of the informal cooperation known as Bird Count India is to improve the general public's understanding of the range and population of birds.
  • It supports the recording and monitoring of bird populations in India, including those maintained by individuals, small groups of students or birders, and extensive national initiatives to map species distribution and abundance.

Source: The Hindu

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